It’s been a fascinating week over at Agent Nathan Bransford’s blog. If you are looking for an agent now or in the near future, or ever thought you’d like to be an agent or just read for one, the Be An Agent For A Day Game was an educational moment. The Guardian UK also posted an article about the event. The game is finished as of tonight, but it’s still worth reading!
There are rumors that Barnes and Noble are going to be coming out with their own eReader, after buying one of the largest ebook outlets out there, Fictionwise.
Moonrat posted an article about marketing that all authors should read.
Yesterday was #queryday on Twitter, replacing the more snarkily named #queryfail. The fallout from #queryfail had palpable results. Where #queryfail felt like a bunch of agents chatting around the water cooler, #queryday felt like a polite and organised panel. Since some were still posting as of a few hours ago, I don’t think anyone has posted a summary blog post yet, but you can read through the posts (backwards) on Twitter Search. If you still aren’t on the Twitter wagon, here’s a list of tips and tutorials for Twitter beginners.
Although I usually avoid snark like … well, like something to be avoided… I think this post by writer Mary Walters about how Agents are Destroying Literature left me stunned. The responses are educational. Literary assistant Jodi Meadows posted a thoughtful rebuttal on her journal.
Jessica Faust talks about the Rise in Queries on the Bookends LLC blog.
And as a final note I’ll share something with you that I shared on #queryday. I recently found out (and apparently am not the only one flummoxed by this change in standards) that we should be using one space after periods instead of two, like many of us were taught to do in typing classes — back in the dark ages before it was called “keyboarding”. If, like me, you need to shed the two-space habit, and you happen to use MS Word, go into the grammar checker and select the option for “Spaces Required Between Sentences” and set it to 1. This will put a green squiggle line under any two-space breaks, thus showing you as you type, when you’ve made a boo boo. Although I typically turn off the grammar checker while I’m writing, using this method, I broke the two-space habit in only a few thousand words.